Bullying Prevention Program
The Greater Gatineau School has implemented a program known as the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This research-based program reduces bullying in schools. It also helps to make school a safer, more positive place where students can learn.
All Students Will Follow These Four Anti-Bullying Rules:
- We Help
- We Include
- We Tell
- Don’t Bully
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending themself. Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, verbal harassment, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the Internet.
What Can I Do If I Think My Child Is Being Bullied?
- Share your concerns with your child’s teacher.
- Talk with your child.
- Try to find out more about your child’s school life
What Else Can I Do If My Child Is Being Bullied?
- Focus on your child.
- Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.
- Encourage your child to spend time with friendly students in his or her class.
- Help your child meet new friends outside of school.
- Teach your child safety strategies, such as how to seek help from an adult.
- Make sure your home is a safe and loving place for your child.
- Don’t blame your child for the bullying. No matter what your child does, they do not deserve to be bullied.
- Do not tell your child to fight back. This is not likely to end the problem and could make it worse by getting your child in trouble at school.
What Can I Do If My Child Is Bullying Others?
- Make it clear to your child that you take bullying seriously and that bullying is not okay.
- Develop clear rules for your child’s behavior
- Spend lots of time with your child
Peace Learning Circles School
Greater Gatineau is a Peace Learning Circles School. We follow the PLC program, wherein the goal is to develop a positive environment that promotes human growth and learning. Throughout the year, staff members will use PLC activities to help build a learning community. Students will learn to use specific collaborative skills and engage in positive interaction in a safe and caring environment.
All staff members, students and parents are asked to follow the Peace Agreements in all aspects of school life. The four agreements are as follows: Mutual Respect, Listening, Appreciations, and Participation.
- Mutual Respect
- Showing respect for all people.
- Showing respect for other people’s belongings.
- Showing respect for the environment.
- Playing in a safe manner.
- Speaking to others in an appropriate manner.
- Encourage and compliment others (no put downs)
- Be kind and helpful to those around you.
- Listen to others and wait your turn before speaking.
- Make eye contact with the person who is speaking.
- Use appropriate body language.
- Give your best effort at all times.
- Work together in teams.
- You have the right to pass if you do not feel comfortable/safe.
Consequences For Not Following School Rules
- Think sheet
- Mindful Moment
- Eating away from peers
- Time-out or loss of play privileges
- Phone call home
- Suspension (School or bus)